Friday, August 26, 2016
While researching ceramics of the Edo Bakumatsu period (roughly 1853-1867) I noticed a blue color combination (medium gray/blue with a darker, but not cobalt blue, often with whitish outlines/highlights) that I will call "Bakumatsu Blue". I do not suggest that all ceramics used this blue combo during the period, but it was widespread. I do not seem to see it used during any other period in the same way.
Posted by Marmie at 9:08 AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
This is certainly a work in progress. I will continue to add as I find examples.
SITES FOR RESEARCHING
Posted by Marmie at 8:22 PM
Friday, August 19, 2016
I am researching Yamatoku marked plates that include additional markings. Did Yamatoku make blanks that were then decorated by others?
Hizen Arita decorated
The Yamatoku ヤマトク mark is at the top with the red
Tetsuka テツカ mark (up side down) on the bottom.
Here is an example of a Taisho era blue mark with Yamatoku impressed mark
A Matsu mark with a roof meaning house of Matsu. The decorator?
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Lefton China was a US importer of Japanese china wares, figurines and novelties. Although the company was founded in 1941, it was after WWII that they imported wares. Some will have "Made in Occupied Japan" but most will just have some variation of Lefton China, Handpainted, Japan. The company was sold in 2000.
Posted by Marmie at 2:54 PM